One of my favorite ways to break a sweat and stay fit is to go for a run. Fortunately, the Washington community offers an array of great options and opportunities for runners (of all skill levels) to get out and enjoy the activity.
Look no further than Washington’s collection of great parks. The Bernie E. Hillermann Park, which contains Lion’s Lake, offers a trail network perfect for a run. Take a quick lap around the lake, or a longer run using the network of trails that connect to other area parks - like the Jerry J. Jasper Lakeview Park or the Miller-Post Nature Reserve.
The Rotary Riverfront Trail, accessible just to the East of the boat ramp at the James W. Rennick Riverfront Park, gives runners the option to run multiple distances. From short, quick runs to longer multi-mile outings, this trail is a great choice. It extends nearly 3 miles in one direction giving runners the option of up to almost a 6-mile round-trip if they’re up for it. The trail follows the edge of the Missouri River, giving runners to ability to enjoy the peaceful scenery along the way.
A second trail heading West alongside the Missouri River opened recently, giving area runners yet another opportunity to check out a great trail right in the heart of downtown.
If competitive, timed runs and races are more your speed, Washington has an abundance of options for those as well. One of my perennial favorites is the Washington Town and Country Fair Run/Walk, held every year on the Saturday before the fair. This event offers several distances to choose from, including 5k and 10k, so runners of all skill levels can get involved. Getting a group of friends together to participate is always a fun time, with food and drink awaiting finishers at the finish line before the awards are announced.
There are many other races held by numerous groups throughout the year in Washington. A couple of my other favorites include the “Turkey Trot,” held annually the morning of Thanksgiving Day, as well as the “Marquart’s Landing Beer Run,” a more laid back, party-style running event held each year in the late spring/early summer.
Washington even has several groups & clubs (Daily Run Club) dedicated to the sport of running that those interested can get involved in.
In short, Washington is a great community for those of us who enjoy getting out and “pounding the pavement.” We’re very fortunate to have so many beautiful options right in the heart of the city to get out and enjoy the sport of running.